October 6, 2017

Some of Our Youngest Hunger Heroes

Author: Erika Spence

The students at Hungerford Elementary School in Eatonville recently donated funds to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, and while that is no small feat for any child, the story behind their donation is even more heartfelt.

Students at Hungerford recently read “Wishtree,” the latest book by award-winning children’s author Katherine Applegate. The story is about an old oak tree that watches over the neighborhood and receives wishes from its residents tied to its branches. Wishes for hope, peace, respect and all sorts of concerns.  Read More …

May 2, 2017

Congrats to our Graduating Classes!

Author: Idalia Nunez

April 2017 Second Harvest Culinary Training Program GraduationOn April 28, 2017, Second Harvest Culinary Training Program held the graduation ceremony for Class 20, 21, and 22. During the graduation ceremony, certificates of completion were awarded to 24 students. Our commencement speaker was Chef Nora Galdiano from Sysco. Chef Nora reminded our graduates there is no easy road to success you must work hard but not forget to have fun. She pointed out to the importance of seeking out mentors and staying connected to people. Read More …

November 22, 2016

Celebrating Our Students’ Success

Author: Idalia Nunez

November 2016 Culinary & Distribution Training GraduationWe live in a complicated world full of stress, lists, hectic days, with little time to delight in the beauty and people around us.  Last Friday, we were able to pause and celebrate our Culinary and Distribution Training Program students at their graduation. It was such a special day for not only the students but for their families and friends.

From our community partners to our business partners, Board members, and Second Harvest staff we all rejoiced together as we witnessed the beautiful smiling faces of each graduating student.  Students from class 17, 18 and 19 all came together once again to celebrate their accomplishment. Read More …

March 29, 2016

Catering for Good Team Helps Honor Central Florida Trail Blazers at Orlando City Hall

Author: Guest Blogger

2016 Mayor Buddy Dyer's ReceptionRecently, Second Harvest Food Bank and our Catering for Good team helped to honor the 2016 Central Florida Trail Blazers at the 4th Annual Black History Month Reception at the Orlando City Hall. This event was presented by Mayor Buddy Dyer, Commissioner Regina Hill, Commissioner Samuel B ings, and Onyx Magazine, and included passed hors d’oeuvres prepared by our chefs and students of our Culinary Training Program.

This event was a great learning experience for our students and provided additional life skills about the importance of honoring those who help fight hunger and support our community in various ways. Read More …

November 25, 2015

Kids Katch Tuna for Kids

Author: Santos Maldonado

Cypress Creek ElementaryOn Tuesday, November 17th, elementary school kids at Cypress Creek Elementary School tallied up over 1,000 cans of tuna they’d been collecting for Second Harvest Food Bank. The cans will find their way to Kids Cafes just before Thanksgiving; helping close the nutritional gap that exists in our neediest communities.

The motivating force behind this yearly project is awareness raising among 4th and 5th graders who are members of the Kiwanis K-Club. One in four of their counterparts across Central Florida struggles with food insecurity.  Standardized testing and heightened expectations for academic achievement have placed more demands on young students, making nutrition even more essential for success. Read More …

November 20, 2015

Hope Restored

Author: Dave Krepcho

UCF 2015 blogThere’s a lot of incredibly negative news lately in our country and around the world. Divisiveness, verbal and physical attacks, wars with words and wars with bombs. We can easily get swept up into a feeling of despair and a loss of hope. Then there are experiences that feed the soul, I was fortunate to have one of those recently.

I had the privilege and opportunity to speak at UCF’s 22nd Annual Hunger Banquet that their Student Involvement Office organizes. As I made my way through the maze of buildings on the UCF campus I found my destination; the Student Union Building, at the very heart of the campus. I found it fascinating that in the main floor of that building is a giant food court offering a variety of different types of food….and this is where the “Hunger Banquet” is taking place. It was another reminder that food is typically at the center of things and is powerful in terms of drawing people together, whether it’s at school, home or at the office.

The room was filled with 200 – 250 students who are deeply interested in making the world a better place. Wow, talk about a good vibe. The group was split into three groups for dinner. Read More …